Michelle Henry

Michelle S. Henry  

Partner

Executive Summary

Michelle Henry is a partner in the Labour and Employment Group in our Toronto office. Michelle articled with BLG and then joined the Labour and Employment Group. She was a partner at BLG until March 2012. In April 2012, Michelle joined a leading international package and freight delivery company as Corporate Counsel and worked extensively in the area of federal employment related legislation. In October 2013, Michelle resumed her labour and employment practice at BLG.

Representative Work

Labour and Employment Law

  • Advise and act on behalf of employers in collective bargaining (including at negotiations, mediation and conciliation), interest arbitrations, collective agreement interpretation, grievance arbitrations, strikes and lockouts, and injunction proceedings during strikes.
  • Advise and act on behalf of employers in matters before the Ontario Labour Relations Board and Canada Industrial Relations Board, including union campaigns, union certification applications, unfair labour practice applications, sale of a business and/or related employer applications, appeal of inspectors’ orders, and unlawful reprisals applications.
  • Advise employers on the interpretation, application and/or implications of new legislation or amendments to existing legislation.
  • Advise clients on various employment-related matters, including workplace restructuring, employment contracts, employee terminations, discipline, workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety matters, and employment standards. 
  • Represent clients in employment-related litigation, including wrongful and constructive dismissal actions, unjust dismissal complaints, mediations, unpaid compensation claims, injunctions pertaining to restrictive covenants, and proceedings before the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. 
  • Advise employers and human resources teams on the development and implementation of workplace policies and procedures and/or changes to existing policies; assist client teams in communicating and launching employment related policies; conduct management workshops and assist employers with employee training on various employment-related issues and policies.
  • Advise and assist clients in identifying and managing labour and employment-related risks associated with business decisions and/or changing business needs.  Work with clients in assessing and determining long term goals and strategies and their impact on labour and employment issues.

Human Rights Law

  • Represent companies in human rights litigation before the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and the federal and provincial Tribunals both in respect of allegations relating to discrimination in employment and the provision of services. 
  • Conduct and manage workplace investigations on behalf of clients into allegations of harassment and workplace discrimination.

Pension Law

  • Advise clients on various pension and benefits-related matters, including statutory obligations under various pension and benefits legislation, pension and benefit plan amendments, plan conversions and pension litigation.
  • Provide pension and benefits due diligence advice in M&A transactions.

Education Law

  • Advise and act on behalf of school boards and independent schools in various matters, including labour matters, development of policies and protocols with respect to court actions and applications, suspension and expulsion hearings, privacy law matters, and issues pertaining to human rights.

Commercial Transactions

  • Provide advice in M&A transactions, including reviewing purchase and sale agreements, negotiating changes to agreements, and coordinating due diligence for labour, employment, pension and benefits related matters.

Publications & Presentations

Michelle is a frequent speaker at internal client and professional seminars. She has authored numerous articles on various labour, employment, education and pension topics.

  • Author, "Heads Up Retail Sector! The AODA Blitz is On!," Labour and Employment Law Bulletin, October 2015. 

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recipient of the 2017 Lexpert® Zenith Awards Celebrating Women in Law.
  • Recognized in the 2015 edition of the Legal 500 Canada (Labour & Employment).